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Private School Choice Programs: School Registration Information


Schools must review and complete the documents in the New Schools or Continuing Schools table below by January 10, 2019.  Additionally, all schools must review the documents below the table under All Schools.
  • Continuing schools are schools that are currently participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Racine Parental Choice Program, or Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.
  • New schools* are any schools that are not currently participating in the Private School Choice Programs. Some new schools were required to meet certain requirements prior to August 1, 2018 to be eligible to participate in the 2019-20 school year. Please review the information below under "New Private School Registration Requirements" to determine if your school is eligible prior to registering.

Continuing Schools

Due by January 10, 2019
  1. School Registration Checklist
  2. Notice of School's Intent to Participate (ITP)
  3. Random Selection Agreement
  4. Letter on Student Rights and Attachment
  5. Auditor Fee Form
Continuing Schools with a new Choice Administrator or new Designees must complete the following:


All Schools - Important Information to Review by January 10, 2019

  1. Application Process Bulletin
  2. Summer School Bulletin
  3. Accreditation Bulletin

School Registration Presentations

The presentations below provide an overview of the school registration process and completing the Intent to Participate (ITP).

*New Private School Registration Requirements
for the 2019-20 School Year

If your school is new to the Private School Choice Programs, the school registration requirements and deadlines established in state law vary based on whether your private school is considered a "new private school" or an "existing private school" per Wis. Stats. §§ 118.60 and 119.23.
In order to proceed with registration, your school must first determine if it is a "new private school" or an "existing private school" by answering the following questions:
  1. Has your private school been open with enrolled students for longer than 12 consecutive months?
  2. Does your private school have at least 40 students or have three or more grades with enrolled students?
If your school answered no to either question, it may meet the definition of a "new private school," and must consider this last question:
  1. Is your private school operated/managed by a private school already participating in the Private School Choice Programs?
If your school also answered no to this last question, then it meets the definition of a "new private school."

"New private school":  If your school is a “new private school”, you were required to meet certain requirements by August 1, 2018.  Schools that did not meet these requirements by August 1, 2018 are not eligible to participate in the Private School Choice Program for the 2019-20 school year, should not complete 2019-20 Notice of School’s Intent to Participate, and should not send the Auditor Fee or Form to DPI.
"Existing private school":  Private schools that do not meet the new private school definition are considered an “existing private school”.  These schools may proceed with completing the School’s Notice of Intent to Participate for the 2019-20 school year in the Private School Choice Programs.
Please contact the Department at 1-888-245-2732 ext. 3 with any questions.

New Schools Interested in Joining the
Private School Choice Programs in the 2020-21 School Year

If your school is interested in participating in the PSCP in the 2020-21 school year and would like to receive information on the 2020-21 registration process as it becomes available, complete this form. The form does not commit you to participating in the PSCP. The school will be required to complete a separate Intent to Participate form to participate in the PSCP.


If you have any questions, please e-mail
or call toll free 1-888-245-2732 ext. 3.